Thomas A. Nicholas IV

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The video laryngoscope is a useful tool in intubation training as it allows both the trainer and the student to share the same view of the airway during the intubation process. In this study, the Center for Advanced Technology and Telemedicine's airway training program employed videolaryngoscopy (VL) in teaching both simulated (manikin) and human(More)
Airway management has multiple indications for nasotracheal intubation. In this study, we focus on its indication in difficult airways. This work describes a modified procedure of nasotracheal intubation using the new Storz CMAC® Videolaryngoscope, the malleable Boedeker Bougie and the curved Boedeker Forceps in the intubation of a difficult airway manikin.
BACKGROUND The Bonfils intubating fiberscope has a limited upward tip angle of 40 degrees and requires retromolar entry into the hypopharynx. These factors may make its use less desirable when managing the difficult airway because most anesthesia providers are well versed in midline oral intubation rather than the lateral retromolar approach. The Center for(More)
This work describes the use of a new intubation device, the intubating laryngeal tube (iLTA) as developed by Boedeker. Emergency Department residents and staff from the University of Nebraska Medical Center performed intubations using the Laerdal Difficult Airway Trainer Manikin(TM). The participants' perceived value of the intubating laryngeal tube as well(More)
Airway management skills are essential for healthcare providers within military and civilian settings. To maintain competency in these skills, it is crucial for the provider to have opportunities for review and retraining. Virtual airway training or telementoring can be an effective means to fulfilling these requirements for healthcare providers located in(More)
Lightly embalmed hemorrhagic cadaver models and the Storz CMAC videolaryngoscope fitted with either an integrated suction blade vs. a traditional blade were used to determine efficacy of the instruments in hemorrhagic airway intubation. Significant differences were found between the devices in intubation success rates of the viscosity saliva and frothy(More)
The preoperative evaluation is vital in providing information to reduce the risks associated with the anesthesia and surgery and improve the quality of care. In the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, we introduced a computer-based cardiac algorithm as part of the preoperative evaluation software. Following the pre-op examination and use of the(More)
The wider angle of view of videolaryngoscopy versus standard direct laryngoscopy requires an assessment of the adjunctive devices used to facilitate intubation. In this study, subjects performed malleable bougie-assisted intubation and curved forceps removal of a glottic foreign body using videolaryngoscopy on a lightly embalmed cadaver and completed a(More)
Critically ill patients in remote settings have limited access to specialized care. Telemedicine/telementoring can improve access to quality care, although VTC equipment is costly. This study showed that an inexpensive internet telecom software program can be effectively employed in the intubation training of a remote trainee.